Recently some remarks from friends in a conversation about Kingdom
things moved me to take another look-see at the story of Jesus' sentencing, and
something very interesting as I read it. I've reproduced it in the
webzine for you to get a good feel for what happened during the
I've come to realize
everyone in the world is actually one of seven characters in this
Every one. One of those seven.
Today, in today's world, some 2,000 years after this incident, every
single person on the planet fulfills the duties of one of each of
these characters, just like they did then. Just like they did 6,000
years ago — and on every day in-between. (Well, except for that last
Person there. Stay tuned...)
Forgive me if I am committing the crime of gross
stereotyping, I don't mean to be. I just want to understand. Indeed
things in life cannot be simply set up into neat little categories,
If you can insightfully challenge this assessment, please do. Let me
know. Graciously chastise me and I will accept it, thank you.
But I still want to understand.
We are each created to be the person God made us to be, and that is
a glorious wonderful thing. It is better when we are redeemed to
revel in His Kingdom as His adopted son or daughter, but those
glorious wonderful personality traits are still there for us to
enjoy. This is part of the glorious wonderful adventure God wants us
to have in discovering those things, employing them for His Kingdom,
and seeing His joy in watching them manifest in the bountiful life
He's given us.
But in our fallen nature we can fall into any of a few specific
roles we naturally portray as part of the World System's
designs to manage our evildoing. Those are introduced to us most profoundly
during the events of Jesus' sentencing.
You may be able to see how this is cashed out in the profoundly
metastasizing culture war around us. If I may elaborate on each, the stark distinction between the World and that Kingdom readily
discerned examining each of the following cast
Caesar. Note he is not physically present, but his character
is very much evident, his stature smothers the scene. Pilate only does what he does because he
knows so well he is tightly clamped by Caesar. Another reason
we don't see him is it is almost impossible to ever see him as
he is anyway, by design. Ultimately the only Caesar who
counts is the Unseen, Unassuming, Unknown Superior
who can be easily identified but mostly only by those robustly
equipped with keen Scriptural discernment. Even when some more
visibly appealing Caesar is presented to the populace, who
really ever sees him except in his showcased simulacrum? That
dressing, in fact, is significant
because it does reflect the iconographic signature Caesar must
have to identify his authority and power — the first was
awarded him by God Himself as described most succinctly in the
fourth chapter of Genesis.
Member of the majority party. Doesn't matter which small
faction, the World devotee is in the majority or minority. It is
one or the other. This would include the chief priests
who take on the mantle of decision-making especially when the
manipulative machinations are left undetected or even fully
appropriated by the membership. Compelled by a neurotic desire to
ingratiate themselves with the ruling elite at any strata
available, they can get tremendous mileage from the fiercest
claims they are ever hoisting the glories of democracy. Note
that their accusations of Jesus' crimes are based on the most
specious claims that they still firmly believe are true. Oh, and
Pilate's wife? A member of the majority, of course, and rabidly
fearful of what would happen should they lose their power and
Member of the minority party. Their primary weapon is the
exploitation of some victimized
status and it may be powerful enough get splendid concessions from the
majority. Today this includes the humanist atheist materialist "freedom fighters"
rigorously educated at
the Frankfurt School. If a minority
member is useful for Caesar's purposes, he is fattened; if too
openly troublesome he is fileted. The majority party
and minority party are actually much more monolithic than is
rendered, of course joining forces whenever a New York
Times-reviled conspiracy whacko like Jesus starts to keep
the selected insurrectionists from doing their jobs.
Barabbas. Every group with any weight has a professional
insurrectionist on the payroll, every one of them.
Whether it is a kind gentle non-profit organization or the
pugalistically proficient lobbying firm, doesn't matter.
This is precisely why all the talk about Trump supporters being
insurrectionists is so comical. Those pushing back against them
will always need to employ the services of their
insurrectionist to get their way. Don't worry, Caesar will pick
(as transmitted through Pilate), the winner is the one who
serves Caesar's purposes for that moment. As far as who that
individual is? Barabbas was freed because he
was the one who looked best equipped to take a swipe at Caesar for
whichever World Devotee no matter which party — many of
them hold very powerful positions in industry, government,
finance. It is either the foolishly brash or visibly clumsy who
are prosecuted for show (see Donald Trump, one of the most
amusingly quaint insurrectionists in recent history). Caesar
does his best work when there are scattered
coteries of violent rebels he may sporadically take down with
interminable pleasure. Even more sobering is that they don't
even need to actually exist except in the spectacular window
hypnotically believed by a critical mass of the masses through
the most compelling broadcast means.
Pontius Pilate. Any individual in a position of status and
comfort is always threatened by another ruler and subject to punishment if
that ruler should ascend and acquire some disfavor for said
individual. Pilate and Herod become good friends
during the sentencing process, but only because a World devotee
needs friends in high places — especially those in high places.
He cares little for truth, only expediency, which is not
necessarily a bad thing for the most effective sin management
and, of course, the most convenient crowd control.
Jesus' genuine disciple. Often distanced and fearful but still
hungering for truth, he joyfully experiences light, righteousness, justice, mercy...
Fearful because these things appear so far away. He gives
self-sacrificially, has a heart for neighbor, and will die for him
just as he so knows Jesus died for him. The pull of the World is
also still very strong, yet as Peter demonstrated it is good
that even after a heartbreaking momentary abandonment God stills
forgives and draws him back into his mighty grip.
Jesus. God come in the flesh only to give His life from the
overwhelming love He has for each of us. He is indeed the most
present individual, then, and now. Here and now through
His Word, His Spirit, and in the faithful abiding ministry of
His disciples (see the character just above).
Some may try to excuse themselves from the scene by claiming one of
two things, generally. You know what they are, bleated constantly —
it is deafening!
"I'm not political," and "I'm my own person."
Nice sentiments, but rooted in unreality. When anyone does anything,
it is political, period. A given statement or act may seem
innocuous, but it is still political. And no one does things of
their own accord — each individual is following someone else and
his or her ideas. Ultimately, who is that? And are the politics
emerging from those commitments of the World, or of the Kingdom?
Often I read wonderful takes on the best, most righteous
commitments, but they almost always end with "We simply need more
contribution from the people — more numbers!" Sad. They go so far, but in the end always revert to more of the
same: We just need a few more on board to make our party the
majority party. There may be very nice things they want to do!
In fact many people dwelling in any party may be doing awesome
Kingdom things, they may even be very devout followers of Christ.
But to the extent they keep flailing at trying to do Caesar's things
when they should be doing Christ's, they will be stunted in their
power and productivity for the Kingdom. Everything that happened in
those few moments of the trial still happens today, in hundreds
of different ways, sometimes wildly imaginative! Hey, it often makes
for good entertainment!
One of the most ribald yet horrifically destructive ways this all
plays out today is in the Covid hysteria-based policy demands.
Gratuitously sworn institutionally devout leaders just shuffling responsibility up
— why everyone
wants Joe Biden to make the decision. His mental impairment will
always absolve him if something goes sideways. Meanwhile all the
middling players underneath continue the Covid hysteria... how many people are wearing masks no matter what,
feeling no tinge of concern for the unvaxxed dregs when boastfully
waving about their health passport QR code for the sweetest
one of the privileged.
Such a Catholicized country — fearful people made more fearful while
trying to gloat about how gol' darn good they are. None of them want
to be seen as the one who makes the misstep that would get back to The New York Times
who will gleefully paint the perp as the one most responsible for murdering
the most vicious Covid carelessness.
This is why Joe Biden is the one everyone is seeking to make the
final call, and why it is not hard to see why a mentally impaired
candidate was so enthusiastically embraced by the party. If he
messes it up, it is understandable. If it is really bad he may
simply be dismissed with the aid of 25th amendment protocols, and
even better! — we may finally have that woman of color as president
doing the spectacular job any stodgy old aging white male could
"Hey! I don't have to make that call! I can just settle
in with what the health mandarins browbeat me to do and say, and I'm
safe! I'm looking good! I won't get in trouble! Awright!"
The System hums along perfectly smoothly.
Everyone fulfilling their role splendidly.
All diligently following the searingly enchanting dictates of The
One of the most profound steps toward peace with the world, with
neighbor, with oneself is the acceptance of one's place
here. You may still choose, of course, it is still wholly your own
responsibility — oh the existentialist angst is so real!
Where are you?
This is the essence of this image, clipped from Off-Guardian
and originating from I-don't-know-what.
Some incidental information is in the
caption, but it is clear it is the
frighteningly eminent consummation of
a successful witch hunt sometime in history, certainly. I had to
add it here, simply because in it is everyone, right now, right
here, all around everywhere on today's supposedly splendidly
enlightened planet. Every single type
of individual is represented there. The image even has several
of them labeled for precise
Just as in Jesus' trial, do
you recognize them? They're all there, you see if you can identify
them. I'll leave that for you.
But it is not hard to see Jesus right there hanging on the
Only because He loved each and every one of those people in that
As well as you, no matter which party your prefer or
office you hold.
What is even more profound is that...
You know this.
You have even said so yourself. Jesus
said as much to Pilate there at the
You may try to deny you know of Christ's
abounding love for you, but at some
point you've confessed it is true. Sadly
so many just shuffle off to the
quasi-comfort of Caesar's clutches —
there legitimately as an instrument of
temporal judgment and summary execution,
harrowingly displayed in that 17th
century image — and in thousands of
places around the World right now...
There is the Kingdom...